A long-cherished wish has been fulfilled for Joël Veltman. The 28-year-old North Holland always wanted to play in the Premier League and officially exchanged Ajax for Brighton & Hove Albion on Wednesday.
The defender cannot wait until he can prove himself in the Premier League. “I talked about it with Edwin van der Sar (former goalkeeper of Fulham and Manchester United, ed.). In terms of pace, the Premier League is comparable to the Champions League. But what I have done so far four times in one week I’ve been going through almost every week now. It takes some getting used to, but I’m looking forward to it, “Veltman said through the Brighton channels.
The 21-time Orange international has also had contact with another countryman: Davy Pröpper, his new teammate. “I spoke to him when I knew that the transfer was already complete. He told me good things about the city and the club. The atmosphere in the dressing room is, according to him, top notch and that is of course important.”
Veltman will play with number 34 at Brighton, as a tribute to former teammate Abdelhak Nouri. “Many of his former teammates (including Justin Kluivert, ed.) Wear this jersey number. I know he is proud now that I am going to play in the Premier League,” said the defender. “Appie was a friend of all of us. We loved him and we still love him. “